ILO Director visit Luapula Province

The ILO Director has embarked on the familiarization tour of Development Cooperation projects to meet partners, stakeholders, and beneficiaries of the projects.

News | Lusaka | 31 July 2019
On 22nd July, 2019, the International Labour Organization (ILO) Lusaka Country Office Director George Okutho embarked on a four-day marathon tour of Luapula Province to check on the progress of the joint United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities project in Mansa and explore further collaboration with partners and stakeholders involved in the operation of the Mantapala settlement in Nchelenge District.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on Luapula Province Permanent Secretary Dr Felix Phiri at his office, Mr. Okutho reaffirmed Government’s commitment towards improving the lives of people in the area by welcoming development cooperation projects.
And Dr. Phiri assured the ILO Director of Government’s continued support for development cooperation projects in the area.
Later, Mr. Okutho interacted with Zambia Agency for Persons with Disability (ZAPD) provincial leadership and other partners in the area before proceeding to Mantapala settlement in Nchelenge District.
Speaking after the tour of Mantapala settlement, Mr. Okutho described the outing as beneficial, stating that the visit was informative and inspiring.
Mantapala settlement, in Luapula province, is currently hosting 14,799 refugees who have arrived in Zambia since August 2017 following deterioration in the security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There are also seven host community villages integrated within Mantapala and other four villages surrounding the settlement with about 7,000 people sharing same services with refugees.